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Australia to buy attrition replacement for lost Growler

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of a single US Navy Boeing EA-18G Growler to the Australian government, which will act as an attrition replacement for an example that was damaged beyond repair by an engine fire on January 27, 2018

Boeing awarded global C-17 sustainment extension

Boeing has been awarded a follow-on contract by the US Department of Defense to help sustain C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft, in a deal that could be worth up to US$23.8bn including potential options and incentives over the next ten years

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How the Canberra completed the fastest transatlantic crossing

A report from the March 2, 1951 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’ on a ground-breaking flight by a Canberra

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was taken by Alvaro Lino

North East Land Sea and Air Museum reveals Tornado to the public

Tornado F3 ZE204 was officially revealed to the public at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, on 13 September...

Orbx Products Released for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox

Scenery developer, Orbx has announced some of its most popular products are now optimised for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X/S.

FlyPast Podcast Episode 41

For this episode we’re joined by Liam Shaw, one of the Events and Experiences Coordinators at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford to talk about their Vulcan and Spitfire cockpit tours...

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Aeroplane November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

A Productive Summer for Newark Air Museum

Newark Air Museum has had an action-packed summer full of work and restoration

A good comparison with the B-26C, this B-26 has the “attack” nose, with eight 12.7 mm. machine-guns. In addition to its internal bomb load, this aircraft has the standard under-wing Napalm bomb. The wing guns and zero-length rocket mounts are also shown. All “Aeroplane” photographs Feature Premium

Revealing 1951 article on the Korean air war

‘The Aeroplane’ in its January 12, 1951, published an article from a visit to one of the bases launching aircraft on missions in the Korean War

Junkers Ju 52 Ready for Take-Off

Asobo Studio has announced a new series for Microsoft Flight Simulator called “Local Legends” that will frequently coincide with World Updates. For World Update VI (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), the team chose a famous aircraft from the 1930s - the Junkers Ju 52.

MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

Where will Air France be flying its new A220?

Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 as it starts the process of replacing its A318 and A319 fleet with the next generation narrowbody.

Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's historic quiz will test you on all things aviation from over the past century...

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Power on for Portugal’s first KC-390

Embraer is making good progress with manufacture of the first Portuguese Air Force KC-390 Millennium, after the air arm revealed that the aircraft had achieved ‘power on’ for the first time at Embraer's factory in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, on September 21

“We’re very interested”: Air Astana CEO on dedicated freighters

Like many airlines during the pandemic, Air Astana has found success flying freight. But is it something the airline would do long term? Peter Foster, the president and CEO of the company explains

Boeing awarded contract for five German Poseidons

Boeing has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of five Lot 12 P-8A Poseidons for the government of Germany

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The 1928 Italia airship disaster

In this two-part series, we examine the tragic events of the 1928 Italia airship disaster during an expedition to the Arctic, and the disastrous attempt to rescue its missing crew

Aviation heritage trails launched

On 22 September the Historic England-backed Military Aviation Heritage Networks announced a new heritage trail to highlight the rich aviation history of East Anglia, following on from a similar No 11 Group, Fighter Command trail that was launched during August

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 20

In Episode 20 of The Air Warrior Podcast we sit down with a Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H loadmaster to discuss his experiences from 10 gruelling days spent operating in support of the recent Kabul airlift.

Finnair sells four A350s, here’s how much the buyers paid

In a bid to strengthen its financial position, Finnair has sold four of its Airbus A350s.

Inside the Avro RJX: the last UK-built airliner

September is a special month for the British Aerospace 146. Not only is it 40 years since its first flight, but it also happens to be the 20th anniversary of the final variant’s maiden flight. Key.Aero visited Manchester Airport to see the Avro RJX up close

US Navy receives first Block III Super Hornet

The US Navy has received its first of 78 contracted Block III Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, after the initial example departed Lambert International Airport in St Louis, Missouri, and arrived at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on September 27

Belgian F-16s deploy to Landivisiau

Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons of the Belgian Air Component deployed to Landivisiau, Brittany in North-West France for a training exercise to maintain high level of qualifications, mainly at night whilst work is carried out on the infrastructure of Florennes Air Base

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AH-1Z and UH-1Y on show in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic ordered four Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and eight UH-1Y Venom utility rotorcraft in December 2019, so it was not surprising to see examples of both from the USMC in the NATO Air Days static display from September 18-19

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